Eliud Kip­choge beaten as Shura Ki­tata takes ti­tle

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World record holder Eliud Kip­choge was beaten in the London Marathon as Shura Ki­tata won a thrilling sprint fin­ish to claim an un­ex­pected vic­tory.

Four-time win­ner Kip­choge was the favourite, but fell be­hind with two laps to go and fin­ished eighth.

Ethiopian Ki­tata pushed ahead of Kenya’s Vin­cent Kipchumba on the home straight to fin­ish in two hours five minutes and 41 sec­onds.

Brigid Kos­gei, who holds the women’s world record, de­fended her ti­tle.

Both races were run in cold and wet con­di­tions on a spe­cially de­signed closed-loop

course be­cause of coro­n­avirus re­stric­tions. The women’s race started at 07:15 BST with the men’s fol­low­ing three hours later.

But the 35-year-old Kenyan,

who set a world record of 2:01.39 in 2018, never took the op­por­tu­nity to pull away from an eight-strong lead­ing pack in a slow start.

Ki­tata cel­e­brates win­ning the elite men’s race with Kenya’s Kipchumba and Ethiopia’s Martin at the London Marathon

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